01 Aug 2013
The Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness has published on 29 July the Annual Actuation Plan 2013 (Plan de Actuación Anual 2013, document in Spanish), which counts for more than 3.800 millon euro divided in subventions and credits. This document informs about the Budget resources and the envisaged calendar for each of the actions in R&D&i that will be developed during this year. The Plan is divided...
31 Jul 2013
CanGEA releases the “Geothermal Technology Roadmap: Global Best Practices Summary – Exploration through Generation”
On July 22, 2013, the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA) released the “Geothermal Technology Roadmap: Global Best Practices Summary – Exploration through Generation”. The report outlines aspects of geothermal energy development, including: exploration, reservoir modeling, drilling, stimulation and completions, power conversion and the direct use of heat. The report is available for download here. The dual aims of the report are to increase investor confidence...
29 Jul 2013
The first Seminar of the Portuguese Shallow Geothermal Platform (PPGS) was held on July 8th in Alfragide (Portugal). The aims of this event were (1) to release this new platform of our neighbour country and (2) to address shallow geothermal cross-cutting issues , from basic concepts to case studies, going through a national and internatinoal vision of its application, legislation, training, etc. GEOPLAT was represented by Javier Urchueguía, Coordinator of...
17 Jul 2013
The GEOELEC project, co-funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme of the EU, aims at promoting geothermal electricity generation in the EU and aims at removing notably financial and regulatory barriers. GEOELEC has taken a step forward and has announced the official launch of the GEOELEC Geographical Information System – see here. This unique system presents for the first time ever a geothermal resource assessment...
25 Jun 2013
The Energy Department issued a Geothermal Regulatory Roadmap that will help developers navigate regulatory requirements at every level of government to deploy geothermal energy projects. In partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Forest Service, the Energy Department enlisted the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to convene key federal, state, and local permitting officials, along with industry representatives, to identify...
17 Jun 2013
Renewable energies incentives have been recently published in Murcia and País Vasco: Information about the subventions in País Vasco (deadline for applications: 30th September 2013): http://www.eve.es/Programas-de-ayuda/Energias-Renovables.aspx. Information about the subventions in Murcia (deadline for applications: 8th July 2013): http://www.argem.es/wp-content/uploads/PER20131.pdf. Thereby, Murcia and País Vasco add up to other Autonomous Communitys that have already published incentives for renewable energies since the year 2013 started: Asturias (call is closed), Canarias (call is...
17 May 2013
On 25 April we celebrated the first workshop between the Spanish Technology Platforms of the energy sector: “Capacities and Strengths of Spanish Companies: success cases of patented echnological developments”. For those who could not attend, presentations are available in this link. We learnt about successful experiences from different renewable technologies (fotoboltaic solar, concentration solar, hydrogen, ocean and bioenergy) and how from an idea -created, for example, in...
10 May 2013
Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (RHC-Platform) The RHC-Platform’s Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (RHC-SRIA) was launched at the Annual RHC-Platform conference. GEOPLAT is part of this platform since the beginning and is the President of the Geothermal Panel. Thereby, GEOPLAT has participated in the elaboration of several documents within the RHC-Platform: Common Vision, Strategic Research Priorities for Geothermal Technology and Strategic Research Priorities for Cross-cutting Technology. After creating the...
11 Apr 2013
The Council of Ministers approved on April 5th the State Plan of Promotion of Rental Housing , Rehabilitation, Regeneration and Urban Renewal (2013-2016) and the Draft Law on Rehabilitation, Urban Regeneration and Renewal, which (along the new Law of Renting Promotion) represent a paradigm shift in housing policy (link to press release in Spanish).
02 Apr 2013
“The debate must include heating and cooling ” urged the Heat Coalition as the Green Paper A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies was published on 27th March 2013. Shall we remember that last year they already claimed for a more ambitious European heating and cooling policy. According to the Heat Coalition, a platform gathering 11 European associations with a stake in the heating...